Vincent Price gives a stellar performance as the suavely malevolent host of a "haunted house party" who offers his guests $10,000 if they can survive a night in the murderous mansion.
Watch for the great Elisha Cook Jr,(he played Wilmer in the "Maltese Falcon") as the groveling homeowner.
The eerie looking home used for the exterior shots is the Ennis Brown house in Los Angeles, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and built in 1924. It was later used in the films "Blade Runner", "Black Rain", and "Rocketeer".
December 27, 2016 Subject:
Not in the Public Domain!
Youtube yanked this movie when I tried to upload. It's not in the Public Domain. Don't give these people a penny of money until they get their act together. I've gotten several of the movies pulled because of their inaccurate descriptions.
August 28, 2013 Subject:
great Price/Castle horror teamup
I saw this in my teens, in a high school auditorium as a fundraiser. Vincent was a master at making anything he was in entertaining no matter how dire it was - thankfully, this film has all the right elements to make it a classic, and he gives a stunning performance. William Castle's gimmick for this film was "Emergo", in which a skeleton flew over the audience's heads at a certain part of the film (you'll spot that point as you watch this). Recommended for Price fans or anyone interested in classic horror, particularly the "old dark house" genre..
August 22, 2013 Subject:
One of the best!
I watched this when I was a kid on the Sammy Terry Show in Indiana. The woman getting backed into the acid bath scared the crap out of me and no amount of Vincent Price justifying it could make me feel better. :)
May 2, 2010 Subject:
Vincent Price and horror, what a combination. I always said the best horror movies are those who tease with your mind and not show just monsters and bodies all the time.
October 18, 2009 Subject:
Haunted for Years
I saw this movie when I was about 7 or 8 years old. I had nighmares about it for almost 10 years. It was the floating woman that did it for me. I do like this version better than the newer one. Scary is so much better than gorey! Price is a treasure; my fave horror actor.
October 6, 2009 Subject:
"She's so amusing" ! Price is priceless!
August 28, 2009 Subject:
OK, when I was a kid, this was THE movie to see. ALL the kids were talking about it. I finally got the courage to see it and it scared the crap out of me. I agree with the poster below about the skeleton. Vincent Price was a class act and a great and IMO, highly underrated actor. Not to mention waaay easy on the eyes. RIP
July 3, 2009 Subject:
Horror Nostalgia is Always in vouge.
I think most of us 40+ types all have fond memories of seeing this film as youngsters. Of course ANYTHING Vincent Price stared in was GOLD as far as I am concerned. Back then before Cable and Satellite TV they would show this film on the "Late Show" and we would have to beg our parents to let us stay up and watch it. I think that the scene that I remember scaring me most was the skeleton in the acid bath - I know that sounds silly.....
The most intense, scary B+W horror film I remember from childhood was "The Screeming Skull" - I believe you can now download it here as it is Public Domain. THAT was a frightening film for a child.
March 26, 2009 Subject:
Home Town Theater
I went to see this when i was around 12. I left the theater and ran all the way home. Once there i slept with my bedroom light on for several months.Perhaps i'm just getting old ? But nothing seems to be as good as it once was.And that includes horror movies.
June 11, 2008 Subject:
Deserves six stars!
The only thing better than the film itself was William Castle's gimmicky marketing, including having viewers sign a release to absolve the producers and the theater management in case you died of fright during the movie. They just don't make 'em like that anymore!
I just wish this one was available as an mpeg2 file so I could burn a decent DVD of it.
February 18, 2008 Subject:
a TRUE classic
This movie puts me on the edge of my seat every time I watch it! I think this movie is great for those who want to get scared but not so much they won't sleep that night!! I just love this movie! It is really a classic!
February 6, 2008 Subject:
House on Haunted Hill
This movie is outstanding! I am a great fan of Vincent Price's movies and this is one of his best.
April 11, 2007 Subject:
Who Likes Horror Movies
I For one likes horror movies and i have to say that this one was pretty good.How come Elisha Cook Jr.knew so much about the house?And Vincent Price gives a great perfomance by acting like he was the victim.he sure knows how to make horror movies like the one he was in Edgar Allan Poe's "The Pit And The Pendulum" he was also great.I give it 4 stars
April 10, 2007 Subject:
And five more stars.
Brilliant, what a masterpiece! Vincent Price in his most perfect role. I won't even overview or summarize the story here - I love this movie so much I couldn't possibly be objective. Just download, watch it, and decide for yourself.
April 7, 2007 Subject:
are you forgetting..
this film was a sheer delight even down to the suprise in the acid tank(don't want to get anything away) But, you forgot to mention Mr. Price's other film in IA, The Last man on Earth.
March 11, 2007 Subject:
The House on Haunted Hill
Classic chilling horror from the master of horror William Castle,
Vincent Price gives a once in a liftime performance in this wonderfully written and directed film.
Destined from the beginning to be a classic. A must have for any serious horror collector.